Self defense teachers writes novel
Imagine a young man, wanting to advance his skills in the martial arts, who discovers more about himself through his service in the Army. A man who is thrust into situation after situation, testing his stamina, skill and faithfulness to his wife, while wondering if he has what it takes to preserve through his trials.
Michael M. Foley’s novel “James Mclain, Operation Green Harvest” describes this young man, a story based off of his own life.
Foley, a Coeur d’ Alene local, teaches hand-to-hand combat and even foreign language. Currently, Foley working as a project manager in Afghanistan, wants to get the word out about his new book.
“James Mclain, Operation Green Harvest” is currently offered as an e-book.
“He was a Green Beret, Special Forces, Army Special Operations Unit and an ex-Army Ranger. He has been in nearly every position in the Army. His book is about his struggle balancing his family life with his life in the Army,” said Melanie Warner, Foley’s daughter. “He took it up himself to teach hand to hand combat for free to our troops so they know how to defend themselves, even without weapons.”
Foley’s training started with Jiu-Jitsu in high school. After graduating, he’d train in Omega Systems of Karate and Kempo Chuan Fa.
He also began an acting career at this time, beginning in college.
Later, Foley joined the Army in 1976 and was stationed in Hawaii. During those four years, he trained in Koden Kan Karate, Danzan-Ryu Jiu-Jitsu, Kyokushinkai Karate, Shotokan Karate, Taekwondo, Hwa Rang Do, Shorinji Kempo and Muay Thai Kickboxing. Foley also has experience in Tai Chi.
He trained under the founder of Kyokushinkai Karate, Mas Oyama in Japan. Foley has traveled over the whole world for his work in the army and his martial arts training. He has trained Koden-Kan Karate-do for over 30 years.
He has his own training center in Post Falls for Martial Arts, the Hand to Hand Combat Training Center, or H2HCTC, that both he and his daughter teach at.
Foley suggests that discipline is most needed in our youth and young adults and those they can obtain this through martial arts.
“In Koden Kan, we emphasize one more very important aspect of training; control. Desire is first because it is needed just to get through the front door the first time. Then, it’s what keeps you coming in over months and years of regular attendance,” says the H2HCTC.
For more information about Michael M. Foley or to join a self-defense class, go to www.h2hctc.com. The Hand to Hand Combat Center is located on Seltice in Post Falls.
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